Hoppers Cricket’s ‘mini-renaissance’ came to a shuddering halt last night (Wednesday, 1st August) and in the process they did opponents Grimsargh a huge favour. Ground conditions were extremely soggy and the evening was interspersed with several fairly heavy showers putting completion of the game in doubt. As it was, it was the only fixture played and within minutes of the game ending the heavens opened. The win means that Grimsargh go equal top with Longridge whose game at Fulwood & Broughton was called off.
Hoppers started well and, after 11 overs, were 78 – 1 with Cameron Berry and Ally Murray both retiring on 26. But a collapse followed and they were all out for just 104 in the 20th over.
Although rain was always the favourite to win the game, some strong performances from the home batsmen took their side past the total with 8 overs to spare.
Hoppers 104 (2 ret A Murray 26 ret, C Berry 26 ret), R Hilton 4-10
Grimsargh 105-3 (2 ret: V Kumar 25, R Hilton 25)
Hoppers remain 6th in the table with just 2 games to play.